Court Rules that Marvel Mutants Are Not Human

Mutants are not human and are not worth as much as humans. So was the ruling of the United States Court for International Trade, not in the Marvel Universe where mutants have to fight for equality and basic human rights, but in the real world case of Toy Biz, Inc. v. United States. The Harmonized... Continue Reading →

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Which Actor’s Words Are Worth the Most?

We expect successful actors to be paid massive sums to star in our favorite films, but have you ever considered how much they earn, relative to the amount of dialogue they actually speak? Here are the top-earning actors, based on the money earned per word of dialogue. Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator While starring as... Continue Reading →

The Good Fortune and Bad Luck of the Most Expensive Item Ever Mailed

The most valuable item known to have been shipped by U.S. mail was the Hope Diamond. It was shipped from a New York City jewelry store on November 8, 1958, and sent to the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington, DC. The Hope Diamond has long been rumored to be cursed. According to legend, the diamond... Continue Reading →

Picasso’s Art Warms the Heart and Once Warmed His Apartment

Although Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is now recognized as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, his rise to fame was not immediate. In order to heat his Paris apartment, he was forced, by poverty, to burn many of his paintings. In 2015 his painting Women of Algiers sold for $179.3 million. One can... Continue Reading →

Who was the Best-Paid Athlete of All Time?

In today's era of multi-million dollar salaries for professional sports figures, it might surprise you that even the wealthiest of modern athletes cannot hold a candle to the best-paid sportsman of all time. In 2017 Real Madrid soccer star Ronaldo Cristiano brought in $93 million. As impressive as that is, it is mere pocket change... Continue Reading →

Using Pennies to Keep Big Ben Accurate Makes Good Cents

Aside from the monarchy, one would be hard-pressed to think of anything more iconically British than the clock in the Elizabeth Tower of Westminster Palace. Its massive bell, Big Ben, has been keeping Londoners on time for over 150 years. In fact, it has maintained almost freakishly accurate time. It is the biggest, most accurate four-faced... Continue Reading →

Banking on Italian Values and the American Dream

Amadeo P. Giannini was proud of the Italian heritage he inherited from his immigrant parents. Although born in California as an American citizen, Giannini was raised to value the culture of his family’s homeland. That’s why he chose the name Bank of Italy for the financial institution he founded on October 17, 1904. This San... Continue Reading →

No Touchdowns for Financial Maturity Among NFL Players

The average career of a National Football League (NFL) player is slightly more than three years. In those years, the average earnings is about $4 million after taxes. Despite this impressive amount in a relatively short amount of time, 78% of all former NFL players are bankrupt or nearly so within three years of ending... Continue Reading →

The Getty Kidnapping: How Much is a Grandson’s Life Worth?

  Jean Paul Getty (1892-1976) was one of the wealthiest man in the world. In 1966 the Guinness Book of Records named him as the wealthiest man on the planet with a fortune of $1.2 billion ($9.1 billion in 2017). He earned his fortune in the oil business, and in 1996 The Wealthy 100 ranked him as the 67th... Continue Reading →

Benjamin Franklin and the Bequest Made From a Dare

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) has been credited with calling compound interest the eighth wonder of the world. Whether he actually said that is a matter of debate, but the fact that he believed it is undisputed. When Charles-Joseph Mathon de la Cour wrote a parody of Franklin’s Almanac called Fortunate Richard, he attempted to make fun... Continue Reading →

Tooth Fairy Budget Grows by an Arm and a Leg

Where does the Tooth Fairy get all that money she leaves under children's pillows? The original source of that wealth remains a mystery, but the evidence suggests that she keeps it invested in the U.S. stock market. Delta Dental has tracked Tooth Fairy payouts since 1998. The results show an uncanny correlation with the S&P... Continue Reading →

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